Dr. Lonnie Lowery
Teaching Area(s): Exercise Science
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport Business
I usually teach Scholarship (Research), Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Senior Seminar, Senior Applied Thesis and the Faculty Research Assistant IDE.
I grew up fascinated by nutrition and resistance training. And I was a nerd in primary and secondary school; I still have my little “all A’s in science” certificate. I became dually-trained because I realized nutrition and exercise physiology are often two sides of the same coin.
Some of my proudest moments in my professional career were when I earned my doctorate and dual training, early tenure at a prior institution, my publications with students and faculty mentor awards. Presenting at Oxford was pretty cool, too.
I’m interested in dietary protein and health, caffeine and coffee products and resistance exercise.
I practice project-based learning. I tend to treat students in select courses like graduate students, working alongside them to solve a real research question and submit the work under peer review to a national or international conference. It’s important to us that the effort is “real,” reaching beyond the walls of the classroom. As Sagan said, “The words question and quest are cognates. Only through inquiry can we discover truth.” I tend to be informal and I’m starting to favor a mastery-based learning approach.
Research at Mount Union
I love doing research and presenting it with students. It feeds the habit I developed over a decade of mentoring grad students at other institutions. We’ve presented and published on a variety of research topics, mostly involving caffeine and resistance exercise. We’ve answered questions on how new coffee products affect women, whether regular use blunts the neuromuscular and psycho-stimulant effects, and now we’re researching what these products do to a person’s hormones and reflexes.
From my perspective, it’s about the individualized experiences undergraduates can get working with faculty. We have well-appointed campus (including lab) facilities in which to do such things. It’s all about the critical thinking skills and rigorous expectations of working collaboratively to solve real problems.
Why Exercise Science
It’s rigorous but enjoyable and versatile. Students learn biology, chemistry and research design but also get lab experiences with human subjects. It can be its own career or a steppingstone to a variety of clinical and research careers.
I feel that liberal arts inform and guide science students as much as anyone. I think we can and should embrace the challenge of communicating across the science and humanities boundaries.
I tend to treat students in select courses like graduate students, working alongside them to solve a real research question and submit the work under peer review to a national or international conference.
- If you could teach one class outside of your discipline, what would it be?
- Drawing or painting.
- What is the most surprising thing you've learned from a student?
- The practicality about “dosing” coffee.
- What is your favorite quote or motto?
- Asimov’s “The most exciting phrase to hear in science… is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’”
- What is one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
- I almost majored in writing and put myself through grad school writing for magazines.
- If you weren’t a professor, what job would you have?
- I’d probably consult for the nutrition industry.
- What is one thing you want to do or a place you’d like to visit?
- I’d like to visit a Buddhist monastery in Japan.
- What is your favorite movie?
- All of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.
- What is your favorite book?
- “Pale Blue Dot” or “Demon Haunted World” (Carl Sagan)
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- I enjoy various types of gaming – table top and PC. I still lift and remain interested in kendo and tae kwon do.